RE: [xmca] Publish and/or Perish

From: David H Kirshner <dkirsh who-is-at>
Date: Sat Jul 05 2008 - 06:07:58 PDT


Can you clarify a few points about the list:

Why are some central journals, like Educational Researcher, not included and others, like Review of Research in Education, not listed with complete entries?

I'm assuming from the low score for Harvard Ed Review that impact is calculated by frequency of citation, which means that another key measure of journal quality--acceptance rate--is ignored. Is that correct?


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Attached is one "impact factor" list I found for journals in education. p

Peter Smagorinsky
The University of Georgia
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Subject: Re: [xmca] Publish and/or Perish

So, who has a list of the ISI journals? Anyone willing to share?

The BIG down side is total assimilation to the existing mainstream, David.
> I personally suggest a multi-valenced approach that includes ISI
> highly rated journals and deviant ones, like MCA.
> Michael left out part of the GOOD news. MCA has a rating that should
> win it ISI inclusion by year's end.
> I assume the PLAY article for discussion made it to everyone. People
> reading this weekend?
> mike
> On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 1:50 PM, David Preiss <> wrote:
>> As a young scholar, I totally ENDORSE this petition, Michael. Indeed,
>> I have always thought that MCA`s influence and intellectual appeal is
>> not commensurate to its lack of inclusion in ISI. Alas, ISI! No
>> chance but to play according to its rules, I guess.
>> david
>> On Jul 4, 2008, at 4:39 PM, Wolff-Michael Roth wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>> Mike and I have had a conversation off line. He suggested I should
>>> write to the list. It concerns the increasing pressure on all of us
>>> to publish in "good" journals, and universities increasingly use as
>>> a measure the presence and impact factor ranking in ISI Web of
>>> Science as a measure. This is especially true for Asian countries
>>> and other countries. With my graduate students, we always make
>>> selections based on this criterion, because I want them to be
>>> successful in their home countries and careers.
>>> In the sciences, this has long been common practice; now the social
>>> sciences are swept up by the same trend. I have recently been
>>> bombarded by publishers whose journals have increased in their
>>> impact factor.
>>> Furthermore, there are a number of companies that make the rankings
>>> of their journal a key bit of information on the website.
>>> (Some of) You may be asking what this has to do with you. Well,
>>> since I have been editing journals (besides MCA, I also do CULTURAL
>>> RESEARCH), I have been asked by new faculty members about rejection
>>> rates, rankings, etc. And I have been asked by department heads and
>>> deans as well.
>>> Some may decide to opt out, which would come with dire consequences
>>> for many, who might find themselves in the position of not being
>>> tenured or promoted.
>>> Unfortunately, we (MCA) currently are not in ISI Web of Science,
>>> which places those of you who publish in the journal in an
>>> unfortunate situation.
>>> One of the ways in which you, the community as a whole can be
>>> proactive producing the conditions that would convince ISI to make
>>> MCA one of the listed and ranked journals is to make it a habit to
>>> cite RECENT articles you have been reading in MCA. Here is why:
>>> The impact factor for 2007 (which is what was made available just a
>>> few days ago), for example, is calculated using the following formula:
>>> Number of citations in 2007 referencing
>>> articles published in 2005 and 2006 impact factor =
>>> Number of citable articles
>>> published in 2005 and 2006
>>> (They may not take into account self-citation, but I am not sure)
>>> So the impact factor is 1 when a journal had 60 references from the
>>> outside while having published 60 articles (over 2005 and 2006).
>>> You see, as a community, you can help yourself by citing MCA work in
>>> other journals. With high rankings, MCA will be included in ISI and
>>> then you and your peers will be rated higher at your institution
>>> because it is part of ISI.
>>> Have a nice weekend all of you,
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Michael
>>> Wolff-Michael Roth, Editor-in-Chief
>>> Email:
>>> Journal:
>>> Submissions:
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